Little and large: two performance Fords hit LA
Another classic feature from the last 20 years of TG mag: can a 'world car' work for passionate performance sub-brands?
Posted: 18 Oct 2013
There is that other, slightly more obvious reason for my enforced wallflowering, the one that so evocatively occupied the redacted Galactic Empire's attention. It sits at the lights up ahead, driven by Top Gear's US correspondent, Pat Devereux, happily spewing toasted hydrocarbons from a quartet of impressively bored exhausts. It is a 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, the ultimate Mustang, the one that appeared on TG TV. It is dark blue with broad white stripes, littered with Shelby Snake badges, emotionally somewhere in the region of the constipated fistpump, chanting "Yoo-Ess-Ay" and Stars-and-Stripes underpants. In America, it draws attention like a nude marching band. And that's taking into account that out here, the Mustang is a live, workaday icon. They're everywhere, as ingrained in the American psyche as McDonald's and brightly insincere server greetings. Pat, the facts, if you please...